We often get inquiries for "lightning conductors" for thatch roof homes or similar structures.
Although we don’t sell or install these lightning pole structures we can recommend a few reputable suppliers that specialise in this.
Lightning poles are used to deflect a direct lightning strike from hitting the thatch roof (obvious potential fire hazard) These poles act as an attractor of lightning in the area and redirected the bolt of lightning to earth. Things to be aware of:
- If these poles are not correctly or adequately earthed, these will not offer protection.
- If these Poles are not erected at the correct height, they will not “catch” the lighting before it strikes the building or roof. The rule of thumb is to draw a mental line 45 degrees either side of the peak of the pole. If the structure you are wanting to protect falls underneath this imaginary umbrella, it is high enough to protect that structure.
- Material and other considerations must be taken into account, but the specialist will help you with this.
- NB! Perhaps the most important issue and is most often over looked, the lightning pole attracts the lightning to the pole therefore significantly increasing the lightning surges to all the structures in the surrounding area and adjacent the pole. Now, the need for additional surge protection products becomes a necessity. Unprotected items will be subjected to extreme surges and will result in damage unless appropriately protected (www.africasurge.com/choose/)
PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL SURGE PROTECTORS ON YOUR APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT IF YOU HAVE A LIGHTNING POLE NEARBY